Mercury is back in the news these days with warnings that it is still found in flu shots. And tuna? Well, mercury is still found in tuna products.
There are two types of canned tuna: chunk light and solid or chunk white (albacore). Most canned white tuna is albacore, and its mercury levels are almost three times higher than the smaller tuna used in most canned light tuna.
Mercury and Vaccines
In late 1990s, the National Resources Defense Council alongside other health organizations successfully pressed for the removal of thimerosal, a preservative that contains ethyl mercury, from childhood vaccines to limit mercury exposure.
Today, the flu vaccine is the only routine childhood vaccine that still includes thimerosal, but parents can request a mercury-free version. Some of the combined diphtheria and tetanus vaccines still contain trace residues of thimerosal, but the amounts are extremely small.
Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can disrupt brain function and harm the central nervous system. It’s especially threatening to pregnant women and young children, so I recommend avoiding vaccines with any amount of mercury.
So, what do you do if you want to avoid putting toxic mercury into your body?
It is up to you, the consumer, to identify the many sources of toxic mercury. Mercury should not be added to any products that we consume, but the reality is that mercury is still out there, and sadly, it is still in many vaccines.
- Do your research before you succumb to injections known, or even suspected, of containing mercury – at any level;
- Avoid eating tuna, and opt for cold water fish instead, like Cod or fresh-water trout. The jury’s still out about Alaskan salmon due to salmon farming and continued pollutants circulating in this area of the world from Fukushima, oil spills, and other toxic waste dumped in the Pacific Ocean;
- Smaller fish generally contain less mercury than larger fish, so choose squid, scallops, or sardines over tuna or swordfish, which are higher up the food chain;
- Get a hair analysis to see what your body’s mercury levels are;
- Avoid exposing you and your family to any and all environmental and medical mercury.
These days, YOU must be the one to identify the many sources of mercury, and avoid them at all costs.
Sources of Mercury
Here are some of the more common sources of mercury:
- Fish. King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, ahi tuna, and bigeye tuna all contain high levels of mercury;
- Old mercury thermometers (replace with a digital one);
- Mercury fillings (many dentists say that it’s best to leave them in place if they are not leaking);
- Environmental exposure.
And remember that a hair analysis will show your mercury levels.
Hair and Blood Mercury Levels
If you are concerned about mercury levels within your body, get some peace of mind and find out for yourself if you are high in mercury.
There are two ways to determine if mercury is inside of you.
- Blood test
- Hair analysis
A blood test will show levels of mercury that are circulating throughout your bloodstream. This is a good indicator of current exposure, but blood tests won’t show past exposure or the cumulative level of mercury that has been layering in your tissues over time, like within your organs or in your brain.
A hair analysis will show mercury levels that have deposited within your body, and this is an excellent indicator that mercury may be building to a point of impacting your health.
Many times when health symptoms are present, your doctor cannot see anything in your blood or on traditional medical tests. Only the hair analysis will pick up toxins buried deep within your tissues.
I used the hair analysis to help me cure myself from aspartame poisoning. It was a vital tool for me, and because it is the definitive test in forensic medicine, I apply its credibility to the living. If it works in forensics, it certainly works for the living!
If you have been exposed to mercury, or suspect you have been in the past, get a hair analysis to know for sure.
Then detox. And avoid anything you suspect contains mercury, even in trace amounts.
Here’s to your health!
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